Following the results of the 2020/21 season (July-June), Ukraine has once again managed to increase the supply of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables to Poland. Ukraine’s revenue from fruit exports to Poland rose to a record $ 78.5 million. This makes Poland the main market for Ukrainian products. Moreover, trade balance in fruit and vegetables between Ukraine and Poland was positive for Ukraine.
This means that, in the 2020/21 season, Ukraine’s revenue from the supply of fruits, berries, vegetables and nuts to Poland increased by 45% at once comparing to the 2019/20 season. Revenue has grown 3.4 times over the past five years.
East-fruit.com quoted Andriy Yarmak, economist at the Investment Centre of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as saying: “Poland has unexpectedly become a good alternative for Ukraine to the Russian market for the exports of fruits and berries, although the specifics and structure of supplies to Poland are very different from what was previously exported to Russia."
"Poland became an example and incentive for fundamental changes in the structure of production and approaches to quality control of fruit and vegetables. They allowed Ukraine to significantly increase exports despite, or even thanks to the ban on the supply of vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts to Russia. In fact, Ukrainian producers have begun to study the experience of Poland and rely on products with higher added value that could be in demand outside the CIS countries.”